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Conservation Excellence Grants

Conservation Excellence grants address changing needs within the conservation community. This program strives to foster exploration of complicated issues — i.e., oil and gas development on conserved lands, orphan easements, water, amendments — via pilot projects and/or research .

Projects will fall into one or more of four main categories that cover the major challenges and issues: Policy, Standards and Education, Community Engagement, and Stewardship and Long-term Sustainability. The Conservation Excellence program does not fund efforts to initiate or renew an open space tax, organizational strategic planning or capacity building, land acquisitions, or restoration of land or riparian areas. Each grant request is limited to $100,000.

Who Can Apply

This program is open to all entities that are eligible to receive GOCO open space funds:

  • Colorado municipality or county
  • Political subdivision of the State of Colorado that includes in its mission the identification, acquisition, or management of open space and natural areas
  • Non-profit land conservation organization (a land trust or a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that includes in its mission the identification, acquisition, or management of open space and natural areas)
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife 

How To Apply

The Conservation Excellence grant application is available by request only. Please contact Michele Frishman, open space program manager, at mfrishman@goco.org or 303.226.4522 to discuss your project and determine eligibility. GOCO will provide a copy of the application via email for eligible projects.

When To Apply

Questions?

Contact Michele Frishman, open space program manager, at mfrishman@goco.org or 303.226.4522 for more information.